England have retained the Ashes for a third series in a row, wrapping it up after just 14 days of cricket after the third Test at Old Trafford ended in a draw.
But despite the headline result from Manchester, it was a damp squib of a result as the rain came to the aid of the hosts, denying Australia the chance to bowl them out when they had the match by the scruff of the neck.
England were 37-3 when the last ball was bowled, still 297 runs adrift of the target Australia had set them after an overnight declaration.
But the luxury of escaping Old Trafford with the draw and the urn was earned by two early victories in the series, one in which they had to hold their nerve and another in which they steamrolled their opponents.
The full scorecard can be found at the bottom of the page.
Morning session (England 35-3)
Rumour had it that England arrived late to the ground, not expecting the weather to brighten in time to play.
True or false, they certainly had an air of a team not ready for the challenge as the game began half an hour late and Australia came out guns blazing.
Alastair Cook fell for a duck, Jonathan Trott glanced a ball fine to wicket keeper Brad Haddin, and Kevin Pietersen was bested by a faint outside edge.
Joe Root (dropped by Michael Clarke in the slips) and Ian Bell made it to lunch, but England looked rattled, and concerned at having to survive another two sessions of an Australian onslaught.
Afternoon session (England 37-3)
Just three balls were possible in the afternoon session, which began a little bit later than planned because of rain, and was swiftly cut short altogether when the showers returned.
Bell gloved a short ball out towards the slips and gully when Peter Siddle dug one in back of a length, but the attention his fingers needed only delayed the play further. The tourists spent a long while looking up at the skies hoping for the conditions to turn, but there was to be no let up of the rain.
Evening session (England 37-3)
No further play was possible - and at 16:40 the match was abandoned. The hosts can now no longer be beaten, and as the current holders of the urn, they will keep the trophy for a third straight series even if Australia win both remaining Tests.
Here's the third Test scorecard, courtesy of the BBC:
Australia 1st innings 527 for 7 declared (146.0 overs)
England 1st innings 368 all out (139.3 overs)
Australia 2nd innings 172 for 7 declared (36.0 overs)
England 2nd innings 37 for 3 (20.3 overs)
Here's how the final day unfolded:
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